The green flag dropped for the 7th Round of the FIA WEC at Fuji for LMP1 & LMP2 Cars. The glorious sun glared down on the track leaving the drivers with optimal conditions for the Qualifying session ahead.
The cars lined up in formation at the end of the pitlane anticipating the start of the 20 minutes session. The #1 Porsche headed of leading the cars from the pitlane. The LMP1 battle was on everybody’s mind with all 6 cars in the practice session separated by a slimmest of Margins. Early on in the session saw the two Toyota Cars take the first two position on the Grid. The #1 Porsche lined up provisionally third with the #7 Audi fourth. With less than 7 minutes to go Loic Duval drove his best lap of his life to put his #8 Audi up into pole position with an average time of 1:23.570. The #1 Porsche could only manage P2 but was only +0.025 seconds off the pace of the #8 Audi.The Toyota’s gave the Japanese Crowd something to celebrate as both cars locked out the second row, In third place was the #5 Toyota who managed a time of 1:23.739 just over a tenth from pole position. In fourth place was the #6 Toyota, Drivers One Kamui Kobayashi was the fastest drivers on the track but was let down at the end by his teammate who could not equal Kamui’s time which leads to the #6 dropping back to fourth on average lap times. 5th was occupied by the #7 Audi followed by the #2 Porsche filling up the LMP1 grid in 6th place.
In the LMP1 Privateers, the #13 Rebellion out qualified the #4 Bykolles.
In LMP2 #26 Oreca took Pole Position. Romain Rusinov set a blinding lap at the end of the session to edge out over the #36 Alpine by just under 2 tenths of a second. The #26 set a time of 1:31.698. First time out for Antonio Giovinazzi in a 6 Hour Event saw him and his team take P3 2 tenths from Pole position and +0.011 slower than P2.the #42 car if Johnny Kane and Lewis Williamson took position 4 with the #43 RGR Morand Team lining up in fifth. The #44 Manor Racing car lined up sixth with an average lap time of a 1:32.214 just half a second from the lead car in LMP2. The #45 car took P7. The #31 car crewed by Luis Felipe Dalziel and team lined up in 8th place 1.3 seconds from the Pace of the first pace car. The #37 SMP Car lined up in a poor 9th place after only having an average time of 1:33.044 and unable to better the time. The final two spots in the LMP2 grid were filed by #27 and the #35. A stunning drive from the potential 2016 GP2 Champion Antonio Giovinazzi Lined up an excellent P3 on his FIA WEC debut
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